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The time I got an entire conference call lectured by a judge.

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I don't think I posted this here, but it's hilarious. At the beginning of last year, they did the Assange hearings by conference calls, instead of the video link system they use now for the press, and now the public.

Somehow the number was made public, I think it was on accident. The person who did it took it down right after the hearing. I happened to dial into the call, and they kept telling us to mute ourselves, but I wasn't sure if that was an option on the call or not, and I didn't want my phone to make any extra noise, so I didn't. My phone was planted in my ear because the lawyer's audio was fairly hard to hear. It was extremely hard to hear, actually. No one could hear what they were saying. I knew I was going to have to move my phone at some point because I was holding it against my ear so hard, that my ear was getting numb.

I thought I could just move it without activating VoiceOver, but no way. The thing goes off every time the phone moves. When I put it back on my ear on the other side, after a few seconds, the phone said, "screen dimmed." We were all promptly yelled at by Judge Baraitser.
Unfortunately in a rush to get into the call, I never did take down the conference phone number and code in time. I wasn't ever able to get back in. After the hearing was over, I tweeted to explain to everyone what happened.